AlphaServer GS servers can scale to 32 processors

AlphaServer GS servers can scale to 32 processors

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

The 700-MHz AlphaServer GS server series from Compaq Computer Corp., ranging from eight to 32 processors, has gotten a new internal architecture for server consolidation and Internet infrastructure building.

Compaq recently announced three new models: the eight-way GS80, the 16-way GS160 and the 32-way GS320. The GS160 is the only one available now; the other two are slated for release later this year.

All use Compaq's 700-MHz Alpha EV6.7 RISC processors and have a new internal architecture based on five years of engineering work, said Compaq president and chief executive officer Michael Capellas. Compaq has applied for nearly 50 patents on the architecture, he said.

Model operation

The AlphaServer GS models run Compaq's Tru64 Unix Version 5 and OpenVMS 7.2 operating systems. Later, the company will bring out models with a Linux OS, said Bill Heil, vice president and general manager of Compaq's business-critical server unit. He did not specify a time frame.

Users can cluster the servers together using Compaq's TruCluster or OpenVMS Clusters software.

The 32-processor AlphaServer GS320 has partitioning capabilities for running multiple OSes and their applications on the same server, Heil said.'The maximum amount of error-correcting code memory ranges from 64G on the GS80 to 256G on the GS320.

All three AlphaServer GS models support up to 18T of external disk space on a storage area network. The largest, the GS320, can hold up to 504G of internal disk storage and has up to 224 PCI slots on 64 buses.

Prices start around $100,000 for an entry-level, eight-way GS server, Compaq officials said.

Contact Compaq at 800-282-6672.

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